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How Plastic Boxes are Made at Alpha Rho

Wondering how we make rigid plastic boxes at Alpha Rho? Here’s how the magic happens… It all starts with polystyrene resin. In its natural state, polystyrene resin is a clear and rigid material, and is delivered in pellet form to our factory in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The pellets are filled into a hopper and then fed into the barrel of an injection molding machine. Then the pellets are heated by the barrel’s exterior heater bands, which

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The Effect of the Ukraine War on Resin Prices – How will this Affect your Plastic Box Orders?

Skyrocketing inflation, surging gasoline prices, and the rising cost of goods is not expected to come down anytime soon for Americans. According to Reuters, gas prices are the highest in nearly 17 years, and prices are going up at their fastest rate since the early 1980s. In fact, the CPI climbed to 7.9% in February, and this is the biggest annualized growth in CPI inflation since January 1982. The Ukraine War has caused additional volatility

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Does Buying American Really Make a Difference?

With the pandemic, supply chain issues and more, there has been a renewed interest in buying American-made products. According to a survey by the Reshoring Institute, 69.4% of Americans prefer products that are made in the USA, and people would even be willing to pay 20% more for made in the USA products.  Here are 10 reasons to buy American-made products, with info from articles by KoozieGroupBlog.com and FromtheForest.com: 1. Buying American boosts the economy

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Eight Ideas to Show Your Customers Some Love This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the U.S. In fact, in 2021 Americans spent about $22 billion on Valentine’s Day gifts and activities. It’s also a great time to show your customers you appreciate them. Here are 8 ideas to show your customers some love this Valentine’s Day: Surprise your customers with a Valentine’s-themed gift such as a small box of chocolates or conversation hearts, or a flower, when they shop

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New Year’s Resolutions for your Business

With the new year approaching, it’s a good time to think about your resolutions – not just personally, but also for your business. Of course, we business owners all want to increase sales next year, but there are other resolutions you can make that will help improve your business and your profits. Here are a few ideas to consider. Show your customers you value them. Focus on providing excellent customer service at your business as well

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10 Ways to Show Your Customers You Appreciate Them This Holiday Season

It’s always a good practice to show customers you appreciate them throughout the year, but the Holidays are a great time to make them feel extra special. Here are 10 ways to show your customers you appreciate them this holiday season. Give them a gift. It can be just for shopping in your store during the Holiday season, or just for being a client. Branded swag is great for this, and it doesn’t have to

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The Supply Chain Crisis Explained

Chances are you’ve heard about the “supply chain crisis” that is being driven by the backup of more than 100 giant container ships off the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles. While we believe it’s well-worth the time to read this insightful article from Yahoo Finance to better understand how this situation is affecting our economy with shortages, delays, and ultimately, inflation, we’ve synthesized the article into easily-digestible information bites. Here are some key points from

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10 Halloween Fun Facts You Might Not Know

  Halloween is the second largest commercial holiday in the United States, behind Christmas. Consumers spent over $8.8 billion on Halloween in 2020, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF) with an average of $92 per person. Here are ten more fun facts about Halloween that you might not know from GoodHousekeeping.com and History.com: 1. Trick or treating has existed since Medieval times. Back then, it was known as “guising” in Scotland and Ireland. Young people

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15 Smart Organization Hacks for Back to School

Kids aren’t the only ones who need to be organized to be successful at school — parents need to be organized too. These easy organization hacks started at the beginning of the school year are sure to reduce back to school stress for the entire family!* 1.     Before you run out to purchase new school supplies for your child, do a quick search of your home for unused supplies from last year. 2.     Use a Homework Caddy

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